Carleton Library, the Graduate Student Association (GSA), and the Office of the Vice-President (Research & International) are pleased to announce the winners of the 2015-2016 Graduate Student Open Access Award. This monetary award of $5000.00 was established to support Carleton University graduate students in publishing research in open access journals.

Over 30 applications were received this year from across all disciplines. As has been the case every year, the selection committee, composed of both faculty and librarians, found it difficult to choose just 5 papers for the final awards. We are confident that these papers reflect the range of high-quality, interesting, and varying research being conducted at Carleton, and we encourage graduate students to continue making their research more widely available by publishing in open access journals.

Thank you to all the applicants, and congratulations to our winners!

Colin A. Capaldi, PhD student, Psychology, for his paper "The relationship between nature connectedness and happiness: A meta-analysis" from Frontiers in Psychology (2014) 5:976.

Kyle Farmer, PhD candidate, Neuroscience, for his paper "Major alterations of Phosphatidylcholine and Lysophosphotidylcholine lipids in the substantia nigra using an early stage model of Parkinson’s disease" from the International Journal of Molecular Science (2015) 16:8, pp. 18865-18877.

Saira Fitzgerald, PhD candidate, Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies, for her paper "Perceptions of the International Baccalaureate (IB) in Ontario Universities" from the Canadian Journal of Education (2015) 38:3, pp. 1-34.

Koreen Millard, PhD candidate, Geography and Environmental Studies, for her paper "On the Importance of Training Data Sample Selection in Random Forest Image Classification: A Case Study in Peatland Ecosystem Mapping", from Remote Sensing (2015) 7:8489-8515.

Zoe Panchen, PhD candidate, Biology, for her paper "Flowering and fruiting responses to climate change of two Arctic plant species, purple saxifrage (Saxifraga oppositifolia) and mountain avens (Dryas integrifolia)" from Arctic Science (2015) 1:45-58.

These papers have been submitted into Carleton's institutional repository which collects, preserves and makes accessible Carleton's digital academic, research, and creative materials.

For more information, including bios and links to the winning papers, please visit the Scholarly Communications website.